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New Fish-Like Reptile From the Jurassic Found

September 04, 2004|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Scientists have found a 16-foot fossil of a new species of fish-like lizard that swam the seas 160 million years ago, when dinosaurs ruled on land.

The ichthyosaur -- a giant reptile with fins and big teeth -- was found with about 10 other skeletons of creatures in a Jurassic graveyard on a Norwegian island about 1,000 miles from the North Pole.

"We believe it's a new species of ichthyosaur," Joern Hurum, of Oslo's Geological Museum, told Reuters on Thursday. The creature resembled a cross between a crocodile and a dolphin.

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